Phyllis J. Donato

Phyllis Jean (nee Farmer) Donato, 96, passed away at a local hospice center on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.  Mrs. Donato was born June 2, 1924 to Persey Farmer and Abbey (nee Crompton) Farmer in Brisbane, Australia.  Mrs. Donato was the middle daughter of five children.

Mrs. Donato is survived by three daughters – Gail Provost; Donna Watt (James); and Jo-Ann Donato (Louis Evans).  Mrs. Donato is also survived by her sister Jocelyn Carr of Australia.  Additional survivors include 4 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and extended family. 

Mrs. Donato was preceded in death by her loving husband of 71-years, Cornelius A. Donato, her parents, and 3 sisters.

Mrs. Donato was a loving and doting mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, as well as homemaker.       

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM in St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island.  Interment will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Riverside, Rhode Island.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital.




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Cathy Audette from Ormond Beach, Florida wrote on June 13, 2020 at 1:39 pm
My deepest sympathy to my dear cousins Gail, Donna and Jo Ann. I'll always remember being a little girl and looking up into Aunt Phyllis' blue eyes. I always thought she was my prettiest Aunt and I loved to her speak with that bit of Australian accent. Aunt Phyllis will be greatly missed. My only comfort is that she is reunited with Uncle Sonny.
Muriel Woodcock from rumford wrote on June 12, 2020 at 8:53 am
To the Donato family, I knew your mother and you because I worked at the Drug store on Newport Avenue,Douglas, Brooks, now Walgrens. May she rest in peace. Love and Prayers, Muriel Woodcock
Christine Dumphy from Oxford mass wrote on June 11, 2020 at 5:47 pm
I'm glad I got to know her I met her thru my daughter Sarah who is married to aron Sr . she was a wonderful woman and loved everyone she came in contact with . she will be missed by her whole family . wish I knew her more tho than I did .
jeannine dube from Canterbury, NH wrote on June 11, 2020 at 12:29 pm
Even though I didn't know Mrs Donato very well, I knew her through her loving daughter Donna. To Donna and her family, I send you my deepest sympathies. Donna, I hope you can find solace and comfort in the memories you shared with your mom, like the trips you took together, and the get togethers on holidays and special occasions. You gave her your support and love unconditionally, and she knew and appreciated it. My love to you and Jim.
Nazare Aguiar from Rumford wrote on June 11, 2020 at 6:06 am
Beloved neighbor Phyllis of 42 years 💕.In God's Care. Nazare "Ness"